theory, nothing could be simpler than applying for a vacancy via a job board.
You can browse thousands of great opportunities from the comfort of your home.
When you spot a good match, it's just a case of sending off your
with competition so fierce, employers are often swamped by CVs and have little
time to read each one in detail. So candidates need to make sure they're doing
everything possible to ensure theirs makes the cut. Here are some tips for
improving your success rate:
you're uploading your CV onto a database so it can be found by recruiters and
employers, or applying for a specific vacancy, expect your CV to be "read" by
software for relevancy.
this reason, your CV will need to pass the first hurdle of "suitability" – many
fail to make the first cut because they're not relevant or targeted enough to
the role. The job description is a good place to find relevant keywords,
specific skills, qualifications or areas of expertise.
Franklin, resourcing process and technology specialist and co-founder of The
FIRM, advises against just dumping a long list of keywords at the start of your
CV to improve your relevancy match, however. Instead, a well-written executive
summary of around 150-200 words can help a job board categorise you and gives
recruiters a good picture of your expertise and talents.
you've made an effort
to a recruiter that you've read the job description and that your CV reflects
the role requirements. Focus on the "so what?" of what you've done – what value
is it to a potential employer? Along with the scope of your role, targets and
responsibilities, highlight your achievements and how you've used your skills.
Failing to do this can make a recruiter wonder if you're really bothered about
the opportunity, Franklin says. Key details should be prominent and on the first
page of your CV.
layout also shows you've made an effort. Keep your font consistent throughout
your CV – inconsistencies can look like you've copied and pasted from elsewhere.
Choose a common font – Franklin recommends Verdana, Calibri and Tahoma as safe
choices – at a legible size.
fierce competition so don't delay too long before you apply. Research varies,
but around 250 CVs are received for each job vacancy with responses arriving
quickly after the posting. Don't sacrifice quality for speed though. Grammar and
spelling mistakes are still one of the biggest reasons CVs are rejected. Speed
up your response rate by signing up for alerts which tell you when relevant jobs
beautifully-designed CV is great for face-to-face meetings, go for plain
formatting when you're submitting your CV to an online database or job board, so
that it can be parsed into the system. Don't include graphics, tables or images.
Upload as a word document or PDF.
shoot yourself in the foot
the application instructions to avoid falling at the first hurdle.
Clare Whitmell, The Guardian Professional. Published: 3rd December 2013